Cefn Coed Colliery Museum
Located near the village of Crynant in the Dulais Valley five
miles north of Neath, the museum tells the story of coal mining at
the Cefn Coed Colliery, once the deepest anthracite coal mine in
the world. Cefn Coed was one of the most dangerous coalmines in
Wales where many men lost their lives in dangerous working
conditions gaining the colliery the nickname of ‘The
The story of the thousands of men who worked at Cefn Coed and at
other pits in the anthracite coalmines of South West Wales is told
through words, pictures and artefacts throughout the museum. The
underground gallery, a simulated working seam, brings these
harrowing conditions to life.
The museum is home to a preserved 1927 Worsley Mesnes Horizontal
Duplex Cylinder Steam Winding engine, arguably the jewel in the
museum’s crown. Once powered by steam when the site was a working
colliery this magnificent winder is now turned over by electricity,
however its majesty never fails to impress enthusiasts the world
Visitors can receive a guided tour led by one of our dedicated
volunteers by arrangement or if you prefer there are hand held
audio tours of the site, recorded by a retired miner from the Cefn
Coed Colliery available from reception.
Neath Gas Tram
The museum is also the proud home of the last surviving gas tram
from the town and one of the only restored examples in the world!
The Neath gas tram ran from 1875 until 1920, a victim of
modernisation it was abandoned in favour of motor buses and the old
tram cars were sold off. This fine example was recovered from a
local garden in the 1980s where it was being used as a garden shed!
Visit the museum to discover its fascinating story and sit up on
the top deck!
Neath Historical Model Railway Club
Cefn Coed museum is also host to the Neath Historical Model
Railway Club. The club’s dedication and commitment is evident from
the constantly evolving layout celebrating the age of steam in the
Cefn Coed Colliery Museum is
open daily from May to September.
10:30 – 5 (Last admission at
4:30) Admission is free
The museum currently closed for the winter period, but group
visits are welcome with prior arrangement with the
For further details please ring (01639) 750556 or email:
Cefn Coed Colliery Museum, Neath Road, Creunant, SA10
Getting here:- Bus X58/158 runs hourly from
Swansea and Neath daily
By car: At Junction 43, Exit M4 east bound.
Take the A465 signposted Aberdulais / Resolven / Brecon. Come off
on slip road signposted (A4109) Aberdulais Falls, Cefn Coed
Colliery Museum. The museum is approximately 3 miles along the
Last Updated: 20.02.2015 at 15:10